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New Haven teachers union receives award from the American Federation of Teachers

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A union that represents educators in New Haven's school district is set to receive a $75,000 grant from the American Federation of Teachers.

The funds are coming from the AFT's Powerful Partnerships Institute Grant Program. It covers expenses for textbooks, housing, meals and medical expenses.

Leslie Blatteau, president of the New Haven Federation of Teachers, said the union plans to use the funding in partnership with the statewide coalition "Recovery For All" to organize efforts with teachers, parents and community members to fight for tax justice and fully funded public schools.

"We know what we need to do," Blatteau said. "This grant is going to be able to help New Haven Federation of Teachers and Recovery for All make sure that we can have shared action.”

New Haven is among 27 communities across the country receiving grants from the union, totaling $1.5 million.

Mike Lyle is a former reporter and host at WSHU.